In France, it seems, the protests of taxi drivers are being heard.
The ride has come to an abrupt stop for two executives from the Uber taxi and car-sharing company. French police have detained the manager of Uber France Thibaud Simphal and the company’s general manager for western Europe Pierre-Dmitri Gore-Coty.
The investigation is focussed on UberPOP, one of Uber’s transport options allowing customers to book rides with non-professional drivers via a mobile phone app. Uber’s offices were raided in March, 2015, in connection with the same inquiry.
The service has provoked backlash from taxi drivers the world over, who claim it constitutes unfair competition.
In five years, Uber has extended its reach to around 250 cities across 57 countries.